Bringing out the details: Cottage chic update for vintage pedestal table

P1190959I think this is probably my very favorite style of lamp tables.

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Mostly because of the pretty turned pedestals and elegant feet.

P1190958This recent find was still very sturdy, but extremely ‘well worn’.

P1190963Even the lower tier was in quite bad shape.

P1190962Be still my heart!!!  Look at those lovely, delicate carved details along the edges!!

P1190961Such a shame that they are barely noticeable in it’s ‘all brown’ state.

P1200308Nearly all of the old varnish was already worn off, so it just needed a wee bit of sanding before I painted it white.  After three coats of paint, it was time to bring out those pretty details.

P1200311I hand sanded along the high points on the feet and the turnings on the pedestal.

P1200310Brought out the turned details on the center part of the pedestal.

P1200312And those delicately carved details along the rims of both tiers.

P1200309Because I wanted those details around the rims to really stand out, I opted to not do any distressing on the flat table top surfaces.

P1200324I took her to Stars last week so I could ‘rebuild’ that all white vignette at the front on my booth.

P1200325This one of a kind beauty can be yours for $99.00.

Vintage Paris style: black and tan table

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This ‘ole thang’ was actually the middle table from a set of three nesting tables that I ordered from a Spiegel catalog about 20 years ago!  Back when I was into a country style  and Hunter Green decorating style.  (ACK!)

P1190271I can’t even tell you how many times they have been painted, sanded and repainted over the years.  On the largest of the three I had painted an american flag to go with my red, white and blue Americana decorating theme.  I remember selling that when we had our store and I had a ‘primitive estate sale’ at the store, to get rid of ALL my primitive decor.

P1190272Can’t even remember what became of the smallest one.  This one had been STAINED hunter green.  And that stain would NOT sand out.  So painting it black was really my only option.  If you look really close, you can see a few bits of that green showing through in the spots where it’s been distressed.  I stenciled a design in the center to draw the eye away from that green.

P1190275I left the legs black.  I like the contrast of the table top and legs being different colors.

P1200070And here it is, in my booth st Stars . . . buried at the bottom of a display!

White drop leaf tables at Stars

Took these two cottage chic white drop leaf tables to Stars last Monday, and they called me yesterday to let me know they have both SOLD already!

P1200081Before I even had a chance to do a blog post on the booth re-do!

P1200077So, the two ‘focal point’ pieces in this vignette are now gone, which means the vignette needs a complete do-over and will not look like this if you go to Stars now . . . .  but I really liked how it turned out, and wanted to ‘show it off’ anyhow!

P1200119The idea was to make it kind of look like a wedding dessert buffet set up.  (I forgot to put the sign that says “Eat, Drink & be Married” on the table!)

P1200062I did this drop leaf coffee table a while ago, and was actually planning to keep it for myself.

P1200063Drop leaf tables are MUCH more time consuming to sand and paint than a regular table.  So I was kind of ‘hoping’ that if I really priced it to reflect how much TIME I spent on it, that no one would buy it and I could take it back later after I finally get moved.  I SHOULD have learned by now that that ‘game plan’ NEVER works!

P1200066Upcycled vintage dessert stand (I added the base and painted it white) is filled with chocolate cupcake candles.

P1200079I’ve also used stands like this to display vintage creamers, or loaded it with pretty ornaments as a Christmas centerpiece.

P1200094I just HAD to have a cute little faux wedding cake for all the cake stands I upcycle.  I made it from paper mache boxes.  The birds are GLUED on!

P1200093I’ve got a fabulous stash of little vintage dessert plates.  I started out with about twice this many; lots have sold!

P1200068This piece ended up in this vignette just because I didn’t have any place else to put it!  Used it to display vintage creamers and sugar bowls; which I always have in stock ‘en masse’.

P1200080The rest of my creamer stash went on the little step-back; along with some other assorted small pieces.

P1200087This display even looked pretty good from the side!

P1200113I haven’t entirely abandoned my signature aqua paint color!  Just trying to keep it ‘segregated’ in a separate vignette.

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For now though, the white furniture IS selling better than the aqua.

P1200075Usually the night stands sell in a snap.  Took these in two weeks ago.

P1200114You can see from these candle pedestals, that I am moving towards a lighter and softer shade of aqua.

P1200103Now to figure out what to do when I go to Stars tomorrow to re-work my space?!?!?!  Usually I stay two steps ahead of the game and always have ‘what I want to do next’ all figured out.  Since these two pieces sold so quickly though, I’m just going to have to ‘wing it’ this time!

Spring had sprung!

It’s OFFICIALLY spring!  We’ve been having unseasonably warm and DRY weather here in Oregon for almost a month already though.  Gonna be hard to deal with those ‘April Showers’ this year after having been so spoiled so early!

This early spring weather has been a HUGE help to me with catching up on all the furniture painting I was unable to do outside last summer when it was just TOO HOT to work outside.  I might even have my entire furniture ‘project stash’ painted up before I move!  Fingers crossed!

Switching things up in my booth at Stars a tad and going with more WHITE for Spring.  Here are the latest pictures.

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For a better color impact, I’ve attempted to put all the white inventory at the front, left side of my booth.

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P1190508View from the outside corner with some more turquoise shelves on the outside far left.  (those turquoise shelves are fairly ‘permanent’.  They CAN be moved, but it’s a LOT of work to unload all those dishes and move them!)

P1190468I brought in a couple of vintage white wicker tables.

P1190466The top one was ‘dry brush’ painted white, and the round one spray painted.  Which look do you like better?  Solid white or the shabby distressed white?  I tend to do the dry brush more often because at least that way if the purchaser prefers solid white, they can easily repaint it themselves.  But once it’s solid white there is no going back.  It’s all about leaving options open.  The more options, the more buyers it will appeal to.

P1190485Vintage chenille and embroidered throw pillows.

P1190484Vintage quilt pillows and a little quilt angel.

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Easter is so early this year that it kind of sneaked up on me and I JUST put my Easter product out.

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Vintage style roly-poly bunny.

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P1190499Vintage button covered ‘ostrich size’ eggs.

P1190500Turquoise and aqua glittered Easter eggs.

P1190501Tissue papered Easter eggs with clear glitter.

P1190502NOT a good picture at all!  this is actually a bunny PITCHER.

P1190503MORE bunnies.

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P1190505This big old ladder on the front corner was the perfect spot to display the seasonal items.

P1190511Newly created mini step-back cupboard.

P1190512Assorted vintage urns.

P1190529Big HEAVY letter “A”.  (I was very tempted to keep it for myself!)

P1190509Constantly adding ‘new’ vintage white ironstone.

P1190489Upcycled cupcake stands, some with cloche tops.

P1190516Upcycled cherub wall sconce.

P1190519Large hand panted ‘PARIS’ suitcase.

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Sprucing up for Spring at Stars . . . AND a Big sale!

Out with the red and pink and hearts in my booth at Stars, and time to spruce the space up for Spring!

P1180941Front focal point display with whites, creams and metallics.  Just working with what I have on hand in my booth for now BECAUSE I really need ROOM for lots of new stuff!

P1180939And to MAKE that room I am having a 50% off sale!  EVERYTHING except already reduced ‘red tag’ sale items will be HALF OFF.  Discount will be given at check-out.  No specific ‘end date’ for this sale as of yet.  I’ll keep it going until I’ve sold enough stuff to make the room I need for the new inventory.  (and hopefully enough room to bring the BED back in!)

P1180950In the meantime, I’ll continue to ‘mix things up’ and style new vignettes to inspire you for Spring decorating, using what I have on hand.  Vintage Madonna statues and vases, pedestals and urns.

P1180949Adding a few more metallic items with those silver and gold boxes.

P1180948This is actually the BACK side of the front display.

P1180951But it SHOWS as you round the corner, so I may as well ‘market the space’!

P1180952I always really enjoy going with the lighter colors for Spring.

P1180953Vintage inspired felt hearts with lace and buttons.

P1180961Will be building on the Paris themed items when I bring in new product.

P1180962Not many of these reproduction shoe form wall hooks left.  Normally $9.00.  They’ll go fast at half price!

P1180958Small Paris carrying case and burlap pillows.

P1180957Glass apothecary jars and cloches.

P1180960Vintage ceramic frames; one an art deco style and the others a floral motif, are perfect for hanging ‘blank’ where you just need a ‘little something’.

P1180963A new display in the giant white lantern.

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An urn works perfectly as a paper crown stand!

P1180975Lots of birds on pedestals and with crowns, of course!

P1180989Lots of the vintage grubby book bundles still available.

P1180987Not very many frames left at the moment.  (I need to find a new stash of them to paint!)

P1180942Fabulous shabby black plant stand!

P1180944Vintage cherub urns look pretty in this back-lit photo!

P1180945Some have plates added to turn them into dessert stands.

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Lots of signs available, as always!

P1180946Had your eye on some new white Ironstone pieces??  NOW is the time to grab them!

P1180984I’ll keep this sale going until enough stuff has sold down for a MAJOR re-do of my booth.

STARS IS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK; 11AM – 6PM.

~ SAVINGS ALERT! ~ FOUR DAY SALE AT STARS ~ 50% OFF MY BOOTH! Friday 1/16 through Monday 1/19 (MLK Day)

haggle-sale-LOW RESThey call it their “HAGGLE SALE”, and many of the dealers will be on site to wheel and deal fabulous prices on the items in their booths.  Weather permitting, there will be additional sale items outside on the sidewalk during sale hours.

All three stores will be participating in the sale, and each individual dealer chooses HOW they want to participate; via on site haggling, or offering a percent off items in their booth.  Signs will be posted in participating booths indicating their sale terms.

Since I am not able to be there during the sale AND since I really don’t LIKE to haggle on prices, I am offering HALF OFF all regular priced items in my booth during this sale.  (* Already reduces ‘red tag sale’ items are NOT included in the sale’ *)

Just stocked lots of Valentine decor and gifts, added lots more ironstone dishes and as much furniture as I can cram into a 10′ x 10′ space! Here are the pictures:

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50% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS IN MY BOOTH ST STARS; FRIDAY – MONDAY; JANUARY 16-19, 2015.  Discount will be given at checkout.

LOVE and Bliss banners

Time for some ‘Valentine’ themed banners.

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P1170677I just learned that these are called ‘swallow tail’ shaped banners.  Backing of vintage sheet music, vintage dictionary page rosette, black paper with gold dots scalloped edge circle and gold letters with bling!

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P1170687I just happened to find these letters in a single package, as opposed to having to dig out the letters I need from an alphabet set then try to figure out what to do with all the leftovers!

P1170688Decided to try a super simple one.

P1170690Just the sheet music triangle banner and letter.

P1170689What do you think?  Too plain?  Other ones too much?

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P1170695Pink bliss!

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Hand folded crepe paper for the pink.

P1170706Pink love banner.

P1170707Pink crepe paper rosette topped with small dictionary page rosette.

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P1170703Swallow tail banner of vintage sheet music, tea stained paper doily, dictionary page rosette, kraft paper oval then letter.

P1170713And a PARIS banner, just for fun!

P1170709Tea stained paper doily topped with white crepe paper rosette with tea stained edges, dictionary page round, small scalloped edge round, letter.

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All of these have gone to my booth at Stars.

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***  Forgot to mention that all the banner bases have been mounted to cardboard backing for stability.

Just a few more aqua tables . . .

Nothing new or different or exciting.  Just some more old tables that I repainted aqua.  Same old, same old!  But HEY!  They SELL!!

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I can’t even count how many of this exact same style of tables I have done over the years!  A very basic, simple style.  One of those put it together yourself ‘kit’ tables.

P1160364The top had a fair amount of warping from water damage.  I suppose I could have spent HOURS sanding it to a perfectly flat surface.  But the more time I spend on a project, the more I have to charge for it.  Sometimes it’s worth the ‘investment’ (of time and effort); sometimes not.  In this case it was not.  You just can’t charge that much for a little table like this.

P1160365So I ‘worked with’ the flaws and distressed the rest of the table accordingly.

P1160367Very similar to the previous one, but not water damaged; and this one had been base-coated (POORLY so! very splotchy) with white.  I thought about continuing with the white, but then I remembered how many times in the past I have had to haul white pieces back home from my booth, to repaint aqua, because they didn’t sell!

P1160371Just a few bits of distressing on this one as I didn’t want a lot of the white to show through.

P1160374BIG, oval Danish style coffee table with lovely curved legs, but quite a scratched up top.

P1160376I was dealing with ‘weather issues’ when I painted these three pieces.  It turned really DAMP out overnight and I found them COVERED with stuck on gnats the next morning!!!  ACK!!  And the paint was WETTER than the day before.  Had to wipe off the first layer of paint and finish painting them inside the house.  Turned the washer/dryer into a make-do painting station.

I REALLY got behind on my furniture painting last summer because it was SO dang hot outside!!  I just can’t handle working outside in over 90 degree temps; which we had for MOST of the summer.  Hottest summer on record for Oregon, I think they had said.

Consequently, no really BIG furniture pieces for me this year.  sigh.  Oh well, the small ones always sell better.  But the big pieces LOOK so fabulous in my booth!

P1160382All three of these tables have gone to my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland.

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50% off in my booth at Stars this Saturday & Sunday only

All three Stars stores are having a BIG SALE this Saturday and Sunday; 11am – 6pm.  Each booth owner chooses what % off they want to offer; and I am offering

50% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS IN MY BOOTH.

(This will NOT include ‘already discounted’ items with the ‘red sale tags’)

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I spent 10 HOURS fluffing and stocking my booth this week, and it is JAM-PACKED for this sale!

P1170230Lots of unique hand crafted gift boxes and gift items.

P1170224Why not give something they can really USE??  Small furniture pieces make great gifts too.

P1170226Classic white dishes are always in style.

P1170170Collectible tureens (filled with sweets or a gift card?!?)

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Cupcake stands.  Add a hand crafted ornament to the package instead of a bow.  Reduce and reuse!

P1170207Upcycled jewelry boxes.  Perfect for wrapping a piece of jewelry in!

P1170218Encrusted with vintage buttons.

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Topped with a little nest and a bird.

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Vintage finds; as found.

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I always add a handful of my own hand cut and hand mixed paper shred to gift gift boxes.  This year I bagged up extra ‘sheet music’ paper shred.  It is hand folded and hand cut.  Save it to use again and again!

P1170169Of course there is plenty of Christmas decor too.   Unique and upcycled.

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Classic gold.

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Green!

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Wall decor.

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Decorated vintage ice skate instead of a wreath for your front door.

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Paper rosette wreath ‘alternatives’ for indoor decor.

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Peace on earth vintage atlas rosette wreath.

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And ornaments.

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Lots ans LOTS of ornaments!

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One of a kind banners.

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Glass apothecary jars, big and small!

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Cloches and dessert stands make a great display for special treasures.

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Stack up several desert stands to display cookies and candies on.

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Decorative holiday pillows.

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Plenty of turquoise/aqua gifts, decor and gift boxes of course!

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Little birds with crowns, always a staple in my booth!

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Decorated mach gift boxes.

P1170200Even a simple vintage bottle brush tree looks special under a glass cloche.

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Vintage glittered gold stars, to top your tree or tie onto a BIG wrapped gift!

P1170213White Christmas scenes, dessert stands and owls (with crowns, of course!)

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After dessert is done, just plop A Christmas scene atop your dessert stand for an instant centerpiece!

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LOTS of signs in stock for Christmas  giving!

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At 50% off this weekend, why not but one for yourself too!?!

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Like I said, my booth is JAM-PACKED!!

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Don’t forget to shop the OUTSIDE aisle too!  LOTS more product on the back side!

P1170229Vintage Madonna statues are a popular collectible.

P1170233This vintage French poodle is a decanter!  Very unique!

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White and silver decor works for New Years too!

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50% off sale, in my booth at Stars;  THIS Saturday and Sunday only

END of SUMMER SALE @ STARS

The big “End of Summer” sale starts TODAY at all three Stars locations; and runs through Labor Day.

As always, each vendor decides what type of discount they will be offering, and signs are posted in each booth telling you what % off items each booth are.

ALL “Regular Priced” (*) items in my booth are HALF OFF for the sale.

(*) Sale discount is NOT valid on already reduced ‘red tagged’ sale items.

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